Tessa Sutton                          
                                       Born: Iowa, USA
                                       Lives in Iowa


2019   Candidate for Teaching Certificate in Art and Social Studies, expected December.
       College of Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
2006   MFA Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1997   BA History, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA


2018   Google Educator Certification, Level 1
       Dyslexia Training Certificate, Nessy Learning
2017   Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporter Training Certificate
       Iowa Substitute Teacher Authorization Certificate
1996   Studio Art Certificate, Lorenzo de’Medici and the Art Institute, Florence, Italy

Teaching / Work Experience

2017-present       K-12 Substitute Teacher
Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA (October to December 2017)
Iowa City Public Schools, Iowa City, IA (January 2018 to present)

2/2018 - 5/2018    Practicum Experience in Art at Northwest Jr. High with
Anne Wyrick, 70 hours, North Liberty, IA.

2016-2017          Assistant to the Dean
The School of Art, The Cooper Union, New York (March 2016-March 2017)

2012-2015          Operations/Resource Manager
Yabu Pushelberg, New York

2010-2011          Acting Assistant to the Chair, Industrial Design
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

2007-2010          Program Manager, Graduate Program in Design
California College of the Arts, San Francisco

2009               Art Instructor
Young Artist Studio Program (YASP), California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Taught art to adolescents as part of a two-week summer session.

2006-2007          Web Editor
Stelter Inc., Des Moines, IA

2006               Art Instructor
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco. Children’s classes.           

2004-2005          Teaching Artist
Berkeley High School, through the Center for Art and Public Life at CCA
Participant in teaching exhibit: Mapping the Landscape of Learning
Oliver Arts Center, Oakland campus, CCA

2000-2004          Adult Art Instructor
January 2003 to May 2004:  Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska. 
                           Foundation Drawing and Foundation Painting.
January 2001 to July 2002:  Taught drawing privately.  Anchorage, AK
January 2000 to October 2000:  Cellspace: taught drawing.  San Francisco

2002-2004          Adult Education Tutor
Hiland Mountain Correctional Facility, Eagle River, AK
Tutored incarcerated women in general holding and the mental health ward to pass the
GED. Also taught drawing classes.           

2002, 2004         Children’s Art Instructor
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK

2001-2004          K-12 Substitute Teacher
Academic and art classrooms. Anchorage School District, Anchorage, AK

2001, 2002         Title I Summer Art Enrichment Instructor
North Star Elementary, Anchorage AK
Taught two summers in the four-week summer school program for homeless youth / youth
in transition, ages 8-12.

Residencies / Workshops

2009         The Everyday in Art Practice
             Workshop in Berkeley, CA with Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky.

2005, 2003,  La Cipressaia Workshops
1997, 1996   Montagnana, Italy. Teachers: Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky.

2003         South Africa Cultural Exchange
             Four week workshop ending with a week-long residency at the
             Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town. Led by
             Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky.

1999         Teacher Training Workshop
             Montagnana, Italy.  Teachers: Claire Gavronsky and Rose Shakinovsky

Selected Exhibitions

group shows unless otherwise noted

2017 Reunion                          Greenly Gallery, Bloomsburg University, PA
     Ekphrastic 2.0                   Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
2016 The Staff Show                   41 Cooper Square Gallery, The Cooper Union
2015 Inclusion in textbook:
     Art for Everyone                 Chemeteka Community College, Salem, OR  
2011 Drawing from Reference           Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ
     Birds and Bees                   
Linksoul Lab, Oceanside, CA
     Crossing Disciplines: Books      Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2010 The Everyday in Art Practice     Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
     Monument to a State of Change    Figment, Governor's Island, New York, NY
2009 Older than Jesus                 Window installation, Keys that Fit, Oakland, CA
2008 Begin Anywhere                   23HAM, Berkeley, CA
     The Water Project                Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Presidio, SF
     Admirans                         Upstairs at the Market Gallery, Los Angeles
     9 to 5                           Admin Gallery, CCA, San Francisco
     drawings on file                 Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA           
2007 Through the Eyes of Strangers    Chemeteka Community College Art Gallery, Salem, OR
     Intangible Textures              United Space, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico
2006 Fitch Gallery Holiday Show       Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA
     MFA Thesis Exhibition            California College of the Arts, SF          
     don’t believe everything you think VIVA-Culinary Institute of Florence, Sebastopol, CA
2005 Fantastic Amnesia                Playspace, California College of the Arts, SF
     Home                             Gallery Krebsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
     Confluence                       Fitch Gallery, Des Moines, IA           
2004 Palimpsest                       Alaska Pacific University, solo show, Anchorage
     All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK
2002 Malleable                        Bunnell Street Gallery, two person show, Homer, AK
     New Works                        International Gallery of Cont. Art, Anchorage, AK
     Small Works                      Small Works Gallery, Gordana Bezanov, Florence, Italy
     All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AK
2001 La Cipressaia                    Traveling show, art exchange, Kansas and Maine
     Under 30 Inches                  Out North juried show, Anchorage, AK
2000 New Visions                      Pro Arts Gallery, juried show, Oakland, CA
     Multiplicity                     Ampersand International, San Francisco
     Constellating                    Belcher Studios Gallery, San Francisco

Grants / Articles / Awards

2008   Rapko, John: “The ‘Water Project’ at the Thoreau Center,” Artweek, September 2008.
2007   “Through the Eyes of Strangers,” Chemeteka Community College Art Gallery Catalog.
2005   Richard K. Price scholarship, CCA
2005   Pierre, Amanda: “Fitch Gallery Favors New Artists,” Des Moines Register, July 10.
2003   Selbig, Aaron: “Open to Interpretation,” Anchorage Chronicle, March 6.
2002   Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts.  Anchorage, AK
1997   Best of show, Grinnell College Art Salon.  Grinnell, IA

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